In Rowan, asbestos related diseases have led to a significant number of individuals who were negatively affected by the substance choosing to file asbestos litigation. Those who have been subject to asbestos exposure or have had a family member grow ill as a result of it are increasingly seeking compensation for illness from asbestos.
Losing a loved one who has suffered an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. These tragic deaths can happen quite quickly after a diagnosis, which can leave family members hurt, confused and looking for answers and a sense of closure and justice. These deaths are typically not accidental; they can be the result of extreme and long-term negligence. Under these circumstances, it may be appropriate for family members to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for exposing a victim to asbestos.
People all over the country have suffered from illnesses related to exposure to asbestos. In North Carolina alone, too many people have died or lost loved ones from mesothelioma, asbestosis and other tragic illnesses. It has long been an issue that millions of people have been faced with and one that people will continue to deal with for many more years.
If you or a loved one is a firefighter, there is a very real threat that asbestos-related illnesses are a serious concern. Numerous studies have been conducted to measure the impact that asbestos exposure has on firefighters and their families, and a recent survey reportedly confirms that asbestos is contributing to a higher rate of cancer in this population.
We often discuss some of the people who are disproportionately exposed to asbestos on this blog. We have looked at some of the unique challenges that construction workers, plumbers and railroad workers face because of their increased risk of coming into contact with asbestos. But did you know that about 30 percent of all the people diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans of the military?
In our last post, we talked about the increasing "industry losses" that are occurring due to asbestos-related lawsuits. However, much of that post -- and, indeed, the source material for that post -- was dedicated to the perception asbestos-related lawsuits have. The implication is that asbestos lawsuits have a good chance of being successful, and thus anybody who has been significantly exposed to asbestos should seek such a lawsuit. As a result, asbestos lawsuit costs are up and payouts to plaintiffs are increasing.
Working in certain jobs can put employees at risk of developing serious work-related illnesses. This can be especially true for workers who have been exposed to asbestos on the job. For decades, it has been known that the mineral can do catastrophic damage to a person's health if it is inhaled or ingested. But despite this knowledge, many employers still fail to properly warn employees of these risks and protect them from exposure.
For decades, companies all across the country manufactured and sold products containing asbestos. While it has long been known that asbestos exposure can lead to serious and fatal illnesses, many of these companies kept this information under their hats. They did not warn consumers that a product contained asbestos, and if they did, they failed to appropriately warn them of the dangers associated with the toxic fiber.
On this blog, we often discuss the fact that companies and manufacturers have known for decades that products with asbestos can pose a serious threat to a person's health. Airborne asbestos can enter a person's lungs and do some serious damage, causing a person to develop various types of cancer, including lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is a devastating and fatal disease. Too many people develop this form of cancer after being exposed to toxic levels of asbestos. Any person can come into contact with the deadly substance, but it disproportionately affects those who spent years working with or around asbestos without knowing the dangers associated with the mineral.